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Why Donate? Currently, there are over 400 BC residents in need of a cornea transplant. This number is expected to increase due to the aging patient population. From these numbers, it is obvious that more needs to be done to increase the number of eye donors in BC. Your participation in the Legacy of Sight Program is essential to helping those in need of ocular transplants.
Donated eyes can be used for two types of transplants: cornea and sclera. The cornea is the clear portion of the eye, and once preserved, can be used up to eight days after death. The sclera is the white portion of the eye, and can either be preserved whole or cut into thirds. Once preserved, the sclera can be used up to one year after death.
The potential benefits of one eye donor are:
1. Up to two patients may receive corneal transplants.
2. Up to six patients may receive scleral grafts.
3. Remaining portions of tissue may be used for research and education.
4. Some comfort to the donor family who gave the Gift of Sight.
If you have any more questions regarding eye donation, please contact the Eye Bank of British Columbia.